The Daihatsu Terios is a mini SUV, first released in 1997 by the Japanese car manufacturer Daihatsu. The engine was a modified Daihatsu Charade 1.3 litre engine or 660cc kei car engine, with constant four wheel drive or two wheel drive. It comes in 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic transmission. The width of the first generation Terios is lesser than 1500mm to fulfill the kei car regulation. The kei car's Terios is shorter without rear pillar-window to fulfil the kei car's length regulation. The second generation of Terios is co-developed by Daihatsu and Toyota.
The first generation of its history was available as 4-door wagon, and the smaller model( Kei car ) called Terios Kid, which was only released in Japan.
In 2000, Daihatsu gave the Terios a mild facelift both in the exterior and interior of the vehicle. A new chrome grille replaced the plastic black grille. The high-grade model had an addition of electric front windows, central locking, rear seat head restraints, alloy wheels, roof rails and a roof-mounted rear spoiler. Mechanically, the 1.3 litre SOHC four cylinder engine fitted to the previous model had been replaced by the new 1.3 litre DOHC four cylinder engine. Power was also increased by 3kW (4hp). A sport version of K3-VET engine were produced on Japan in several period.
In Australia, a sports limited edition series was introduced in 2001 with only 200 units being available. The vehicle had body colour matching bumpers, different from the two-tone bumper colour on the standard model. Rear spoiler and sunroof became standard. The interior was updated with metallic paint finish on the center console and instrument
- Terios ( replace by Second Generation )
- J100G 1997-1999 "HC-EJ" SOHC 1295 cc engine 89PS (88hp/65kW) 4WD.
- J102G 2000-2004 4WD
- engine "K3-VE" DOHC 1297 cc engine 92PS (91hp/68kW).
- engine "K3-VET" DOHC 1297 cc Turbo engine 140PS (138hp/103kW).
- J122G 2000-2004 2WD type ( K3-VE / K3-VET )
- Terios Kid ( Still available in JDM as kei car)
- J111G ( EF-DEM ) 1998-2005 Light pressure turbo 659 cc 4WD 60PS (59hp/44kW)
- J111G ( EF-DET ) 1998- Inter cooler turbo 659 cc 4WD 64PS (63hp/47kW)
- J131G ( EF-DEM ) 1998-2005 Light pressure turbo 659 cc 2WD 60PS (59hp/44kW)
- J131G ( EF-DET ) 1998- Inter cooler turbo 659 cc 2WD 64PS (63hp/47kW)
- Terios Lucia (Limited Edition)
- J111G / J131G 2002 only. variation of Terios Kid.( without spare tire )
The first-generation Daihatsu Terios is also known as Toyota Cami. In Malaysia and China, the car is locally assembled as the Perodua Kembara under the Perodua badge and the FAW Huali Dario Terios.
The Zotye 2008 is apparently a bootlegged, unauthorized copy of the car, which caused some controversy.
In Indonesia, this car is known as the Daihatsu Taruna which has a longer rear-based body capable of seating 7 people. The Taruna launch in 1999 with a different facelite and a 1589cc HD-C petrol engine. The name Taruna, which translates roughly as "young knight" in Indonesian, expresses the new car's youthful vigour, excitement and high potential. It is available in three grades: the standard CS, deluxe CX, and sporty CSX. Prices start at around 90 million rupiah (about US$13,750).
The second generation known as Daihatsu D-Concept 4x4 made an appearance in 2005 at the Tokyo Motor Show before being known as Daihatsu Terios; which went into production in 2006.
The second generation of the Terios is also wider, nearly 1700mm, compared to the first generation which is less than 1500mm since it built based on kei car.
On the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), the Terios has been succeeded by the Daihatsu Be-go and Toyota Rush, however, in European, South American and most other Asian markets, the new model is sold under the name Terios.
Both use 1.3-litre or 1.5-litre engine; diesel versions are still awaited for. Only the 1.5-litre version available with both 2WD or 4WD version.
In December 2006, Toyota and Daihatsu in Indonesia launch the second generation of Rush and Terios which have longer body based and offer 2 rows, or 3 rows of seats for 7 passenger. However, the car only come with 2WD. The long wheel base version of the Toyota Rush was also offered by Toyota Malaysia starting February 2008. The Toyota Rush in Malaysia comes in 2 trim levels – the 1.5G (in both 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual) and the 1.5S. The key differences between these trims are:
Perodua Nautica was launched in Malaysia on May 2008. The compact SUV is fully imported from Japan, except for the front grille, front bumper and rear bumper which are manufactured and fitted in Malaysia. It has a 1.5 liter DVVT engine, full-time AWD, projector headlamps, a 5-seater with dark interior. The price tag of the Perodua Nautica is not much different from the long wheel base Toyota Rush.